13Th Annual Teaming Up for Girls Luncheon welcomes six-time Olympic champion Any Van Dyken-Rouen

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By Ashley Carter By Ashley Carter

PHOENIX -- Join Heather Moore at this year's "Teaming Up For Girls Luncheon" on Friday, March 6 and support the Florence Crittenton organization, one of the Valley's oldest social service agency.

Florence Crittenton began in 1896 and today serves over 1,000 girls and young women annualy with the purpose of providing safety, hope and opportunity for these women, many of whom are facing challenged and destructive situations. This is a place where every girl matters.

This year's keynote speaker Van Dyken-Rouen is a six-time olympic champion who won four medals in 1996 in Atlanta and two more in Sydney, Australia in 2000. Van Dyken-Rouen has the distinction of being one of the few Olympians whose medals are all gold.  In 2007, she was the only American swimmer to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame's Class of 2007, and she was also inducted to the Olympic Hall of Fame in July 2008. 

Van Dyken-Rouen won the ESPY for Female Athlete of the Year; Swimming World magazine's female Swimmer of the Year award; induction into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame; induction into the US Olympic Hall of Fame; and Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, USOC Sports Woman of the Year, the Women's Sports Foundation Sports Woman of the Year and USA Swimming Swimmer of the Year.

The 2015 HOPE Award recipient, Shanna Parker, is an advocate for, and mentor to, victims of Human Trafficking. Shanna founded AngelsGoToWork, an organization to help educate others about the risks of Trafficking and perform outreach in the community.  She has joined forces as a volunteer with The City of Phoenix Human Trafficking Task Force, sits on the Advisory Board of an organization called She's 13, and volunteers in the community with other agencies. Her book "And he called me Angel" tells the story of her life as a victim of trafficking from the ages of 13 to 17. Shanna's desire is to be a contributing part of the world that puts in the work to eradicate Human Trafficking.

Each year Florence Crittenton awards the HOPE Award to an individual who gives a Head start, Opportunity, Positive Future and Education (HOPE) for children. Tickets are still available for this luncheon.

Please consider supporting this wonderful organization.

Date: March 6
Time: Silent auction starts at 10:30, Luncheon starts at 11:45
Location: Arizona Biltmore Hotel

To purchase tickets visit www.flocrit.org or call 602-288-4555.